Kendrapara, Jan 12 (LocalWire): Hundreds of rare and valuable documents, land records, journals, books, palm leaf manuscripts that have become brittle with age will soon be lost with the 120-year-old tehasil office at Rajkanika in Kendrapara district facing demolition.
The century-old tehasil office was built in 1900 by the king of Kanika, Rajendra Narayan Bhanjadeo to keep the land records and other documents.
During the Raj period, Bhanjdeo owned large tracts of land in Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Balasore and other districts of the state and this building was used as his tehasil office.
After Independence, the government abolished the estates of the king of Kanika and acquired the tehasil office as per the Odisha Estate Abolition Act, 1952.
‘The tehasil building is a symbol of the history of Kendrapara district and the structure is the identity of a bygone era.
The government should renovate it. We will oppose any move by the authorities to demolish the building, Lawyers of Rajkanika use a portion of the building as their office,’ said Mrutunjaya Samal, a lawyer of Rajkanika.
‘The building, which is a treasure-house of Rajkanika history with its unique style of architecture, should not be demolished.
The administration should restore it to its former glory rather than demolishing it,’ said Subharansu Sutar of Rajkanika.
‘Cattle graze in its grounds and the building is crumbling.
Due to the district administration’s neglect, the structure is facing the threat of extinction,’ said Kaliprasad Nayak a retired teacher of Rajkanika.
The tehasildar of Rajkanika, DSS Joshi said, ‘This century-old building will be demolished as it is crumbling and the district administration has decided to build a new tehasil building at Rajkanika.’